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Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Acquaintance With Grief"


June 23, 2012


A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

Isaiah 53:3

We are not acquainted with grief in the way in which Our Lord was
acquainted with it; we endure it, we get through it, but we do not
become intimate with it. At the beginning of life we do not reconcile
ourselves to the fact of sin. We take a rational view of life and say
that a man by controlling his instincts, and by educating himself,
can produce a life which will slowly evolve into the life of God. But
as we go on, we find the presence of something which we have not
taken into consideration, viz., sin, and it upsets all our
calculations. Sin has made the basis of things wild and not rational.
We have to recognize that sin is a fact, not a defect; sin is
red-handed mutiny against God. Either God or sin must die in my life.
The New Testament brings us right down to this one issue. If sin
rules in me, God's life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin
in me will be killed. There is no possible ultimate but that. The
climax of sin is that it crucified Jesus Christ, and what was true in
the history of God on earth will be true in your history and in mine.
In our mental outlook we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact of
sin as the only explanation as to why Jesus Christ came, and as the
explanation of the grief and sorrow in life.

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